Here is a first draft of a list of CDs receiving 4 stars in The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. If the disc received a crown, the last column indicates so with a "Yes".

I am providing 3 .pdf files. One column per page, 2 columns per page and 4 columns per page.

  • Four Star File

  • Four Star File As A PDF: 2 to a page

  • Four Star File AS A PDF: 4 to a page

    Please send errors and/or omissions to me at ghfick@ucalgary.ca

    Thanks to all who have contacted me to date.

    For a list of four star discs from The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings, go to:

  • Jazz List

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    The show title 'Lift The Bandstand' comes from a Steve Lacy quote: 'When I used to work with Monk, he used to say, "Let's lift the bandstand". That's magic, man, when the bandstand levitates. I didn't know how to do it but I knew what he was talking about. Old dreams but they're still valid.' (Steve Lacy interviewed by Brian Case for The Wire no. 1, summer 1982)

    The film 'Lift The Bandstand' is documentary produced by Peter L. Bull. The film is a portrait of the music and career of Steve Lacy, as told to us in his own words and in performances of his music. The one-hour film features two performances by the Steve Lacy Sextet, a solo performance by Lacy, and rare archival footage of such Jazz legends as Sidney Bechet, John Coltrane, Gil Evans and Thelonious Monk - all important influences on Lacy's music. These elements are interwoven with interviews in which the articulate Mr Lacy makes wryly humorous observations about the ups and downs of his career and traces his musical influences.

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